December 2011

Escape From New York is one of the greatest science fiction, post-apocalyptic, films and one of John Carpenter’s greatest cinematic triumphs.

The movie takes place in the future, um, 1997. Okay, our “old” future.

New York City has been turned into a hellish prison with its own rules. Air Force One has a problem and the U.S. President, played by the brilliant British actor Donald Pleasance (with no hint of American accent), lands in New York City.

Our hero, the bad-ass criminal Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is brought in to save the Prez…until it is too late.

The movie features Adrienne Barbeau (hell yeah!), Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, and Ernest Borgnine(“The Devil’s Rain”, “Marty”).

Anyway..the novelization is cool because it opens with a prologue that was cut from the movie. The prologue follows Snake Plissken on a heist. Character establishment.

Being a novelization, it is a very fast read.

But what’s wacky is that there are different covers for the book.

This cover features Kurt Russell as the famous Snake Plissken. Kinda groovy and makes perfect sense.

Escape from New York Vintage Paperback Book Kurt Russell Sci Fi

Now, this other cover features a nerdy looking guy with George Lucas’ haircut. It seems this cover artist never saw the film and had no idea what Kurt Russell looked like.

Escape from New York Second Cover Vintage Paperback Sci Fi

Here’s a detail of this dude with George Lucas’ hair. The guy even has glasses (or is that a bad attempt at an eye-patch?)

Escape From New York Vintage Paperback Cover Art


Here are some more groovy, psychedelic paperbacks from my wacky collection.

Asylum World by John Jakes

Awesome cover

Illuminatus! Leviathan

Classic 1970s psychedelic paranoia

Reverend Mama 1970s vintage paperback

Beware the 1970s Apocalyptic Cult!

Dig this! Here are two non-Ian Fleming books based upon movies based upon Ian Fleming books, Moonraker and Spy Who Loves Me.

Moonraker Novelization 1970s paperback

Moonraker Paperback

Spy Who Loved Me 1970s Vintage Paperback

Spy Who Loved Me

There is something trippy…circular…cosmic…surreal… when a movie is based upon a published work but the movie is so different from the original source material that a new book based upon the film, which was based upon a book to begin with, is published.

It’s like a Möbius strip made of words.